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Meggitt Avionics secures Apache Longbow contract continuation from Boeing

Meggitt Avionics secures Apache Longbow contract continuation from Boeing

7-May-2009Source: Meggitt

Meggitt Avionics has received follow-on orders fromBoeing for the Helicopter Air Data System (HADS) for the AH-64D Apache Longbow. These cover hardware deliveries through 2010 and continued programme management and engineering support as part of a long-term agreement covering the Apache through 2012.... Read more

SOCOM to buy 20 updated Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird UAVs, previously known as the A160T

SOCOM to buy 20 updated Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird UAVs, previously known as the A160T

6-May-2009Source: Flightglobal

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has confirmed plans to acquire 20 Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopters to serve as a strike and surveillance aircraft from Fiscal 2012 to FY2017.... Read more

U.S. Air Force leaders worry about future of CSAR mission

U.S. Air Force leaders worry about future of CSAR mission

6-May-2009Source: Press & Sun Bulletin

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V-22 Faces Mission Capable Rates Issues

V-22 Faces Mission Capable Rates Issues

6-May-2009Source: Aviation Week

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U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Completes Second Test Period Onboard USS McInerney

U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Completes Second Test Period Onboard USS McInerney

5-May-2009Source: Northrop Grumman

These operations marked the first time that the Navy operated an autonomous VTUAV aboard a surface combatant vessel.... Read more

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Indian Army HAL Dhruv on test flight

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Indian Army HAL Dhruv on test flight

5-May-2009Source: http://www.airliners.net/photo/India---Army/Hindustan-ALH-Dhruv/1511485/L/

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US helicopters train with Korean amphibious assault ship

US helicopters train with Korean amphibious assault ship

4-May-2009Source: US Pacific Command

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Sikorsky Unveils X2 Technology(TM) Light Tactical Helicopter Concept

Sikorsky Unveils X2 Technology(TM) Light Tactical Helicopter Concept

4-May-2009Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today unveiled its X2 TECHNOLOGY(TM) Light Tactical Helicopter (LTH) design at the Army Aviation Association of America annual convention. The new mockup reflects Sikorsky’s concept for potential military application of the high-speed enabling X2 TECHNOLOGY... Read more

Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin will team to pursue Army scout helicopter

Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin will team to pursue Army scout helicopter

4-May-2009Source: Eurocopter

EADS North America announced that it has assembled a world-class industry team comprised of Lockheed Martin and American Eurocopter that will offer a new armed scout helicopter solution to the U.S. Army — the Armed Scout 645.... Read more

Navair grounds six UH-1Y and one AH-1Z helicopters

Navair grounds six UH-1Y and one AH-1Z helicopters

2-May-2009Source: Aviation Week

Navair issues temporary grounding bulletin on six UH-1Y Hueys and one AH-1Z Cobra due to extensive damage to the main rotor gearbox on two of the new Hueys.... Read more

Vermont Army National Guard upgrades to UH-72A Lakota

Vermont Army National Guard upgrades to UH-72A Lakota

2-May-2009Source: WCAX

The Vermont Army National Guard rolled out their two new helicopters on Friday 1st May... Read more

Obama Finds That Saving on Copters Could Be Costly

Obama Finds That Saving on Copters Could Be Costly

1-May-2009Source: New York Times

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AgustaWestland seeks export buyers for AW159 'Lynx Wildcat'

AgustaWestland seeks export buyers for AW159 'Lynx Wildcat'

30-Apr-2009Source: Flightglobal

With the British armed forces’ first Lynx Wildcat utility helicopter to make its debut flight on 13 November, AgustaWestland is looking to secure its first export sale for the newly rebranded AW159... Read more

Australia confirms Army reluctance to accept MRH-90

Australia confirms Army reluctance to accept MRH-90

30-Apr-2009Source: Rotorhub

Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation has confirmed that it is experiencing user push-back against the introduction of the Australian Aerospace-Eurocopter MRH-90 utility helicopter by the Australian Army.... Read more

French Military Orders Five More EC725s

French Military Orders Five More EC725s

30-Apr-2009Source: EADS

This new acquisition is part of the plan to revitalize the economy, which the French government introduced in December 2008. The five helicopters are scheduled for delivery between late 2010 and early 2012.... Read more

New details on Kaman SeaSprite financial settlement with Australia

New details on Kaman SeaSprite financial settlement with Australia

30-Apr-2009Source: Rotorhub

Australia has confirmed that the financial settlement with Kaman Aerospace allowing for transfer of the Royal Australian Navy’s eleven Super Seasprites back to the company was based on a bank guarantee rather than a cash payment.... Read more

Lockheed Martin announces 225 Owego layoffs

Lockheed Martin announces 225 Owego layoffs

28-Apr-2009Source: Daily Review

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Pentagon Reverses Helo Program Trend

Pentagon Reverses Helo Program Trend

28-Apr-2009Source: Aviation Week

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AgustaWestland Unveils TUHP-149 Helicopter To Meet The Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme

AgustaWestland Unveils TUHP-149 Helicopter To Meet The Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme

27-Apr-2009Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland unveiled a full scale mock-up of the TUHP 149 helicopter at IDEF 2009 in Istanbul today. The TUHP 149 is the AgustaWestland candidate for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme (TUHP). It is a new generation 8.1 ton medium lift multi-role helicopter designed to meet the military requirements of Turkish end users.... Read more

U.S. Army ARH Program Undergoes Major Shift

U.S. Army ARH Program Undergoes Major Shift

25-Apr-2009Source: Aviation Week

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Future Lynx renamed as AW159 Lynx Wildcat

Future Lynx renamed as AW159 Lynx Wildcat

25-Apr-2009Source: AgustaWestland

During a ceremony at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility today it was announced that the Future Lynx has been renamed the AW159, bringing it in line with the other products in the growing AgustaWestland range of commercial and military rotorcraft.... Read more

US Air Force airmen, Marines work together to test-load helicopters

US Air Force airmen, Marines work together to test-load helicopters

23-Apr-2009Source: US Air Force

Playing a game of inches, a team of Airmen and Marines worked together April 20 to test-load two Marine helicopters into a C-5C Galaxy. The UH-1Y is used to carry Marines and supplies to forward operating locations. The AH-1Z is used to provide overwatch and show of force for coalition troops.... Read more

Lakota proves worth as airborne platform

Lakota proves worth as airborne platform

23-Apr-2009Source: US Army

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CEO of Bell Helicopter parent Textron says further asset sales unlikely

CEO of Bell Helicopter parent Textron says further asset sales unlikely

23-Apr-2009Source: Star Telegram

Textron Inc. CEO Lewis Campbell said Wednesday that it is “highly, highly improbable and unlikely” that the parent company of Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft will have to sell any more of its businesses to generate cash and preserve liquidity.... Read more

US Army tests Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System

US Army tests Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System

23-Apr-2009Source: Wired

It’s called the Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System. It mounts a powerful rifle onto highly stabilized turret, and fixes the package on board a Vigilante unmanned helicopter.... Read more

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